Atiku dismisses viral audio in the latest scandal surrounding Nigeria’s 2023 presidential election. Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, called an audio clip that was allegedly made with his running mate Ifeanyi Okowa and the governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, and was making the rounds on social media, “total trash” on Friday.
The former vice president said in a statement released in Abuja by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, that the video clip proved the ruling party will ramp up its propaganda in the final hours before voting.
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Atiku dismisses viral audio
Part of the statement read, “We warned last week that as the election approaches there will be a spike in the rate of propaganda on social media. With barely 24 hours to the poll, we have witnessed propaganda from not just the All Progressives Congress but the Labour Party as well.
“In this latest drive, a montage of speeches delivered by Atiku, Tambuwal, and Okowa since last year were manipulated and pieced together to give an impression that they were discussing plans to rig Saturday’s election. In this age of artificial intelligence technology, even dead people can be portrayed as delivering speeches. This is nothing new!
“For the record, Atiku has run in two presidential elections and has never been indicted or prosecuted for election violence or vote buying.
“But some people think they can sell a narrative of Atiku manipulating this election. This is indeed the height of desperation, the last kick of a dying horse. The APC and the Labour Party must note that elections are not won on social media but at the polling units.”
Atiku continued by providing reasons why Nigerians should ignore the tape chat. “It is unfortunate that those seeking power will engage in outdated defeatist tactics. How can Tambuwal be referring to Atiku by his full name in a one-on-one private conversation? This is nonsensical, similar to the type of meaningless chatter about President Muhammadu Buhari being dead and replaced by one Jubril from Sudan.”